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UPMC SMART Unit on Tour to Promote Patient Safety

Mock Hospital Room Highlights Safety Risks

PITTSBURGH, May 7, 2010 – As part of National Hospital Week, the UPMC SMART (Simulated Medical and Research Training) Unit, a multi-purpose mobile unit with the ability to provide disaster relief and response, will be touring UPMC facilities as a mock patient room to promote awareness of safety risks. Clinical and support staff, including dietary, housekeeping and maintenance, will have the opportunity to test their knowledge in a simulated environment.

The unit will be staged to represent a patient’s hospital room with more than 35 safety risks. The ideas for these risks came from annual safety competencies, current quality and safety initiatives and input from employees and environmental safety experts.

Staff waiting to tour the “unsafe room” will be able to view a flat screen monitor on the exterior of the vehicle that will show a continuous loop of slides depicting some of the key areas of risk. Six staff members at a time will enter the first room of the vehicle and watch a two-minute video about the “patient.” They then will be given instructions and a clipboard and move into the second room where they will identify as many safety risks as possible in five minutes.

The unit will be specially modified when it visits Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC with a labor room and a neonatal ICU room. At Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, the unit will simulate a pediatric room.

Dates and locations of the tour are as follows:

National Hospital Week, May 9 to 15, the nation’s largest health care event, focuses public attention on the many contributions hospitals make to their communities

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